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Naval Academy Faculty visit MSI Norfolk

Nine U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) faculty members visited the Hampton Roads area on June 4, as part of a professional development tour which included briefs, ship visits and a tour of the MSI Norfolk facility. These visits to various operational commands are designed to provide the faculty with a current perspective on technical, operational and political-military operations and relationships. All of the briefs attended by the faculty are designed to aid in their academic and professional development course work with midshipmen. Among other activities attended by the faculty included SH-60 helicopter familiarization rides, a tour of a guided missile destroyer and fast attack submarine, lunch aboard an the aircraft carrier, and a visit to an F/A-18 Hornet Squadron at Naval Air Station Oceana. While attending MSI, the group piloted a fast frigate into Naples, Italy and made underway replenishment approaches onboard a guided missile destroyer

Navy to Commission New Guided Missile Destroyer Kidd

Special from the Department of Defense The Navy will commission the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the USS Kidd (DDG 100), June 9 in Galveston, Texas. Designated hull number DDG 100, the new destroyer honors Medal of Honor recipient Rear Adm. Isaac Campbell Kidd Sr. On Dec. 7, 1941, Kidd was commander of Battleship Division 1 and the senior officer present afloat during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Bath Iron Works To Launch AEGIS Destroyer

Bath Iron Works will launch its 10th Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS guided missile destroyer, Howard, on November 20 at the West Gate. The vessel bears the name of Marine Corps Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard, a Medal of Honor recipient who was honored for his leadership of a platoon against attacks by a Viet Cong force. Bath will launch two more destroyers on its traditional building ways before utilizing the modern land-level transfer facility for ship construction

Navy to Commission New Guided Missile Destroyer

The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Bainbridge (DDG 96), will be commissioned Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, in an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Rep. E. Clay Shaw, 22nd District, State of Florida, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Susan Bainbridge Hay will serve as sponsor of the ship named for her great-great-great-grandfather. The new guided missile destroyer honors the outstanding and heroic service of Commodore William

Sampson Set to Join Fleet

Sailors man the rails aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) during a rehearsal for the ship's commissioning ceremony. Sampson is the 52nd of 62 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and is named for Rear Adm. William T. Sampson (1840-1902), a naval hero during the Spanish-American War. Three previous destroyers have been named for Sampson, and have all been commissioned in Boston. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Jane Campbell (RELEASED)

New Destroyer Passes Trials

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Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Aegis guided missile destroyer Dewey (DDG 105) recently completed her combined super trial in the Gulf of Mexico. During the trial, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) tested the ship’s weapons, communications, and propulsion systems and conducted habitability, water purification and food preparation inspections. The destroyer is being built by the company at its Gulf Coast facilities in Pascagoula, Miss

BIW Moves 4,000-ton DDG 1000 Section


On Saturday, October 22, the shipbuilders of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), completed the largest and most complex ship module movement ever executed at the shipyard. The mid-forebody section of Zumwalt, the lead ship of the DDG-1000 class of guided missile destroyers, was transported 900 feet from its assembly position inside the shipyard’s Ultra Hall construction facility to the largest of the company’s three shipbuilding ways

USS Abraham Lincoln Coming Home

USS Abraham Lincoln - Suez Transit: Credit USN

 Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln due soon at Naval Station Norfolk after 8-month deployment. Commanded by Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln departed Naval Station Everett, Wash., her home since January 1997, in December 2011 for a scheduled change-of-homeport deployment to Virginia where she is due for a four-year refueling complex overhaul (RCOH). During the RCOH period, Lincoln's nuclear reactors will be refueled

China Navy Commissions New Guided Missile Destroyer

Warship Commissioning: Photo PLAN

The warship "Kunming", hull number 172, was officially handed over to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)  at a recent ceremony held at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, informs Xinhua. The new warship belongs to the new generation of China-made guided missile destroyers and has the capacity for both regional air defense as well as naval warfare reports Xinhua, citing official PLAN sources. Source: Xinhua/Zha Chunming    

USS Milius Departs on Deployment

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69)

   The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) departed Naval Base San Diego Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, will conduct presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations. Prior to deploying to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Milius will participate in a Task Group Exercise off the coast of Southern California

US Navigation Moves in S.China Sea to Continue

U.S. Navy file photo of USS Lassen (DDG 82), Courtesy USN

  The United States will conduct freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea again, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech on Saturday, although he gave no timeline for any such actions. Carter's comments, delivered at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan

Essex Amphibious Ready Group in S. China Sea

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts maneuvers during normal operations Courtesy USN

  The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific Nov. 7-10. The ARG's flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

Bath Iron Works Lays Keel of Navy’s Next Destroyer

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works held a keel-laying ceremony on November 16 for the Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), the company’s 36th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.   The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is a multi-mission combatant that offers defense against a

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

USS Porter Hosts Career Day

Children from Shkolla Internacional Jo Publike in Albania tour USS Porter (DDG 78), during a community relations event while anchored off the coast of Albania

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted a group of 9th and 10th grade students from the International School of Vlore, Albania for a career day and cultural learning event Sept. 26, 2015. The community relations (COMREL) event was intended to

USS Porter Conducts PASSEX in Black Sea

USS Porter (DDG 78) fires its close-in weapons system during a live-fire exercise as part of a passing exercise with allied and partner nations Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in a bilateral passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from the navies of Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea, Oct. 13 and 14, 2015.

China Shadows US Warship in Disputed Sea

USS Lassen (U.S. Navy photo)

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed close to China's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said it warned and followed the American vessel.   The patrol by the USS Lassen was the most significant U.S

Australia Backs US in South China Sea

 Though Australia is not involved in the United States’ current naval activity in the South China Sea, the country strongly supports the policy of freedom of navigation, said Defense Minister Marise Payne.   On Tuesday, the U.S

US Sees More Frequent Patrols in South China Sea

USS Lassen (Photo: U.S. Navy)

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer was followed at a safe distance by a Chinese ship as the U.S. ship sailed inside the 12-nautical-mile limit of artificial islands built by China in the disputed South China Sea, but no incidents were reported during the passage, a U.S

White House: US Will Fly, Sail Where Law Allows

U.S. freedom-of-navigation operations, including one in the South China Sea on Tuesday, do not assert any unique rights, the White House said on Tuesday, adding that the United States will fly and sail anywhere international law allows.  

Angry China Warns U.S. Navy Ship

Map by Asep Setiawan

 A US Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed close to China’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said its warships tracked and warned the American vessel, reports Reuters.  

Bath Iron Works Christens Future USS Rafael Peralta

USS Rafael Peralta’s sponsor, Rosa Maria Peralta, breaks a bottle of champagne against the vessel’s bow (Photo: General Dynamics Bath Iron Works)

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works christened the U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) at a ceremony held on its Bath, Maine shipyard on Saturday, October 31.   The ship is named for Sgt. Rafael Peralta, U.S

Chinese Naval Ships Dock in US

People welcome the Chinese naval fleet at the United States Naval Station Mayport. Photo: Xinhua

 Three Chinese naval vessels have arrived at a US Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville,  in the US state of Florida, reports Xinhua.   The "goodwill" visit will help build trust and increase understanding, according to the Mayport Public Affairs Office

China: U.S. Patrol in S.China Sea 'harmed trust'

The patrol by a U.S. warship close to islands China controls in the South China Sea harmed mutual trust between China and the United States and caused regional tensions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his U.S. counterpart in a call.

Sydney farewells Namesake RAN Ship

Farewell to HMAS Sydney

  Australia has farewelled a Royal Australian Navy ship that has served the country for over three decades in a ceremony today on Sydney Harbour.   The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK MC (Retd), together with the Minister for Defence

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